Digital Storytelling in Kindergarten, fotobabble.

Digital storytelling could be the most powerful technological tool to give a kindergarten student. It enables them to use their oral skills, which are often more advanced than their written skills. This empowers them to take control of their learning and convey their understanding and creativity.

One tool is fotobabble

This free app enables children to take a picture, record their story, reflection or idea and then share it straight to the blog via the Twitter feed. You can also embed the fotobabble directly into blog posts.

This fotobabble is recorded by a reluctant speaker. She could hear her voice and rerecord it as many times as she wanted. She got speedy feedback and could act on it.






How could digital storytelling be used in your classroom/subject area?

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4 Responses to Digital Storytelling in Kindergarten, fotobabble.

  1. Avatar of Clair Wain Clair Wain says:

    Dear Zoe

    Thank you for this post. After you introduced me to the app, FOTOBABBLE two weeks ago, I have found authentic opportunities to offer this as another language of expression. The children are four years old and are experts in using an I-Phone, so it was intuitive for them to use my I-Phone to photograph their construction or installation and record their voice over the image. They responded to the instant feedback of being able to playback the recording and critically decide whether the recording or the image were of an acceptable quality to express their thinking.

    I am wondering how to use this tool, or similar ones, to really deepen the children’s learning?
    As I am new to FOTOBABBLE, I am probably not aware of it’s potential and so far it has been enough for the children to experiment with taking images and making recordings, which are then sent to the desk top computer where the children are able to independently view their or their friends FOTOBABBLES, but I have a niggling feeling of ‘so what?’
    Is the power of FOTOBABBLE the possibility to share a child’s thinking with a wider audience? Can I use it to make the children’s learning more visible? Can it be used more creatively as a poetic and expressive language?


  2. Brendan says:

    Dear Zoe,

    I love your practical example of how digital storytelling can work. The fact that you emphasize that students can receive immediate feedback is important. Too often, people feel that they are done with the creative element and changes as soon as they hit publish. However, with the advent of all these wonderful multimedia tools make it easier to go back and continually refine work based upon feedback from our audience. This is an important concept that we should keep in mind.


  3. Viviane says:

    Dear Zoe,

    Thank you for the tip on FotoBabble. I can’t believe it’s a free app! I must be a challenge finding digit story telling for kindergarten! You did it!
    I love the fact that the kids can review their recordings and re-record if wanted.
    It made me start to think what other apps I could find for digital storytelling.
    I found Blurb Mobile, also free at the iTunes apps store. With just a touch, one can edit and re-arrange photos or video and then record an accompanying story. It looks great and it has good ratings.
    I have to try it!
    Thank you for your post and example!

  4. Avatar of Elvina Tong Elvina Tong says:

    Hi Zoe! We have Fotobabble on our class iPads but haven’t fully explored it yet. The children have already used StoryRobe, PuppetPals and ToonTastic for digital storytelling. Digital storytelling is an area I want to explore further and I really like your few points. In particular, the children who are reluctant speakers have less qualms about recording their own voice than they do in front of the rest of the class. I’m not sure why this is the case, but if it works, I’m all for it! I have a girl who is painfully shy and privately created a little video on PuppetPals, then proudly showed it to me. Perhaps, like you said, they have control and also speedy feedback. The feedback is important because I know that my students love to playback what they have recorded, but don’t always read over what they write. They correct their recording when they know it can be improved.

    Secondly, I like that they are able to share it immediately. My students don’t yet have direct access to Twitter because in China we need a VPN. (hopefully there will be student VPN access next year) But they know it is always an option to email it to me, and I will post it to our class blog.

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